After having promoted highway, cultural and religious tourism, Haryana is all set to blaze yet another trail by promoting the concept of rural tourism in the State. One such project---"Mhara Gaam'' (Our Village) has been set up at Ethnic India Tourist Resort at Rai which is just seven kilometres away from the Delhi-Haryana border.

According to an official spokesman, the customary village ambience of Haryana has been created to acquaint the tourist with the local art, culture and rural lifestyle of the State. Typical features like the facade of a haveli, village chaupal and pond have also been created to give a glimpse of traditional rural life.

He added that the front wall with a beautiful mural was a unique attraction of its own kind. A separate section exhibiting the typical jewellery of the region, household articles and agricultural implements had also been set up. The tourist would be served local cuisine in Haryanavi style in age-old traditional utensils. A visit to the "Mhara Gaam'' would be a great learning experience for the modern generation, he added.

The State Government had provided Rs. 19.56 lakhs for the project keeping in view its strategic location on the National Highway One and its nearness to Delhi.

At present, about 7,000 tourists visit the Rai Tourist Complex every month and this is likely to be doubled after the formal commissioning of the project by the Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, on June 13. The Ethnic India Tourist Resort was started at Rai in the year 2000. It has 24 rooms, restaurants, bar, banquet and conference hall. Another block of 12 rooms would also be opened on June 13. A new wing of 10 rooms was being added and a petrol pump was also proposed to be set up at this complex.